Revisited – Pallmann Magic Oil


It’s hard to believe it’s been 4 years since we wrote this blog post: Pallmann Magic Oil review. The response we received from that series of articles has been incredible. A lot has happened since then. At that time, not many people had heard about these types of finishes and only a select few hardwood floor refinishing companies were offering them to their clients.

Pallmann Magic Oil Experiment - Naperville Il

4 years down the track and hardwax oil finishes have become extremely popular. They are now a very serious contender among mainstream finishes. It’s been fun watching their progress. We have completed over 100+ hardwax oil projects in that time… half of them Magic Oil.

So I guess the big question is: What do we think of hardwax oils now, 4 years down the road? How are they performing? Are we still using and recommending them? Are there any issues to be aware of?

The Dangers of Hardwood Floor Refinishing!


A few months ago there was another unfortunate incident where a house was almost burnt to the ground during a hardwood floor refinishing project.

Dangers of Hardwood Floor Refinishing

Stories like this really upset us. For one, people die in these scenarios and two, they are completely preventable if you take the appropriate precautions during the floor refinishing project.

You can read the newspaper write up here:

Silver Grey Rubio Monocoat in Chicago


Recently we were called in to sand and finish a floor in a brand new complex in the city. The client wanted to use Rubio Monocoat but the company installing the floors didn’t have experience with the product so they got in touch with us.

Silver Grey Rubio Monocoat - Naperville

The other company did a wonderful job with the install, which made the project much easier for us. Once the install was finished we got stuck into sanding and finishing it.

Clean and Re-coat Hardwood Floors in Lemont, Illinois


Recently we were called in to have a look at a very scratched up floor in a house in Lemont. The floors themselves weren’t that old… but they sure had seen better days. They were scratched up to bits and looking pretty worse for wear.

Clean and Re-coat Wood Floors in Lemont, Il

We were asked if there was anything that could be done… without having to start from scratch and re-sand the entire floor all over again. Thankfully in this case we could.

One of the services we offer is called a ‘Clean and Re-Coat’ and this floor was the perfect candidate for this procedure.

How to Choose a Hardwood Floor Finish – Part 4


This is the final article in a 4 part series where we’ve been discussing how to choose between ALL the hardwood floor finishes out there. This is obviously an issue with many people because I’ve had quite a few messages about when this final article to the series would be ready… sorry for the delay over the holidays and thank you for your patience.

How to Choose a Hardwood Floor Finish - Part 4

In last article we compared all of the finish systems side-by-side and ended up choosing the 3 best by process of elimination. But that still leaves the field pretty wide open as there are many different brands and products among those three groups.

How to Choose a Hardwood Floor Finish – Part 3


Here we are in Part 3 of how to go about choosing a hardwood floor finish system for your floors. In the first instalment we talked about the different types of finishes available. Last month we discussed the many different factors involved in choosing a finish.

How to Choose a Hardwood Floor Finish - Part 3

This month we put all these factors together in a chart and see how all of the finishes compare to each other side-by-side. Below are all the different finish systems and most important factors to consider when choosing a finish.

How to Choose a Hardwood Floor Finish – Part 2


Choosing a hardwood floor finish is not an easy or obvious decision. As we discussed in Part 1 , there are a number of different types of finish systems available – surface finishes, penetrating finishes, waxes and hardwax oils – with many sub-categories in each.

How to Choose a Hardwood Floor Finish – Part 2

To make things even more complicated, there are other factors that you need to consider about each of these finishes as well apart from just their category. Things like durability, looks, UV resistance, VOCs, maintenance and dry times all need to be considered before deciding on a final choice.